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SAF Condemns Texas Law Prof’s Claim that OH School Shooting is ‘Exercise of 2A’
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"The suggestion by a University of Texas law professor that Monday’s deadly school shooting in Ohio was a 'typical exercise of the Second Amendment' is an outrage, the Second Amendment Foundation said today."

"Calvin Johnson teaches law at UT in Austin, and his comments appeared in an e-mail that was exposed by a reporter for the Washington Free Beacon. The story also revealed that Johnson defended the City of Chicago's handgun ban, which SAF successfully challenged before the U.S. Supreme Court ... Prof. Johnson has also suggested that it is 'quite reasonable' to dismiss James Madison's motivations for including a right to keep and bear arms in the Bill of Rights as 'historical trivia.'" ...
 

NM gun case shows government treats citizens differently from its own (cont'd.)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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... "The purpose of this report is not to take any side except that of the truth—that is what must be determined in a court of law, and it cannot be in so exceedingly unequal a contest. Unfortunately, once more it appears that truth will not be ascertained by our 'Justice' Department or through traditional 'Authorized Journalist' media, but rather, once again, through the work of concerned citizen activists. And there are several ways we—you—can help:" ...
 

Gun Control: There is No Gray Area
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"Intellectuals love to tell people that things are complicated. Well duh. If things are complicated you have to be really smart and spend a lot of time thinking about them to figure them out. Like . . . an intellectual. The converse is also true (for them). If you’re not an intellectual then your opinions aren’t as valuable because you haven’t thought things through. In other words, you’re stupid. And lazy. So if you ever wondered why intellectuals tend to be arrogant and condescending, there you go. This also explains why so many intellectuals are pro-gun control: the absolute right to keep and bear arms strikes them as simplistic twaddle. Just ask Joel Waldron . . ." ...
 

To Everyone Who Wants Safer Schools in Chardon
Submitted by: Wayne Stark

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"I live in Chardon. My family loves Chardon. ..." ...

"... As a fellow school administrator myself, I feel this pain in a special way. I feel for Chardon Schools Superintendent Joe Bergant. I can only imagine that the scrutiny and pressure he will face in the coming weeks will be intense. He has my prayers as I am sure he does yours. I know the sense of responsibility, of ownership, that I feel for each student in my care each day. ..."

"... instead of heading the media’s call for metal detectors or prison-like security measures that further degrade the creative environment of our schools, I would ask the opposite. It pains me to know that as a school administrator, I can do very little – by law – to defend the children in my care in the face of deadly force. I can make it difficult. I can erect barriers to evil. I can and should call the police. But while I wait for them to arrive, I can’t stop those with intent to use deadly force — in school. ..." ...
 

Firearms Tragedies In The News
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"Most of you know about the tragedy that took place outside of Cleveland yesterday. In that incident, we are once again reminded that 'gun-free zones' do not work, unless there is an air-tight screening system in place. And frankly, an air-tight screening system just doesn't exist. Even the mighty TSA has been known to let firearms through their checkpoints on several occasions. So while it is a tragedy that now three students have been pronounced dead as a result of one person's actions, it's also a tragedy that nobody had the means available to stop the slaughter in the first place, or that parents and students even began to believe that the school was a safe haven because of the law prohibiting firearms on campus." ...
 

Arizona bill to establish border security militia draws CSGV's fear and loathing
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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... "It's funny. Groups like CSGV never tire of arguing that (the Supreme Court's Heller ruling to the contrary notwithstanding) that the Second Amendment's guarantee of the right to keep and bear arms applies only to a government-sanctioned militia. Now, though, when there is talk of the formation of new state militias, they scream about the 'insurrectionist' threat posed by that."
 

Seattle news illustrates why gun control doesn’t work
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"Tuesday’s revealing report in the on-line SeattleP-I.com explains the fallacy of gun control laws almost by accident: Two guys shot dead outside a restaurant last week may have killed each other, and it turns out neither could legally possess a firearm, much less carry one legally in public." ...
 

Universal Coin & Bullion President Mike Fuljenz to Sponsor NRA’s 2012 Bianchi Cup Competition
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Mike Fuljenz, President of Universal Coin & Bullion of Beaumont, Texas, the Official Bullion and Rare Coin Dealer of the National Rifle Association, is a corporate sponsor for the 2012 MidwayUSA & NRA Bianchi Cup National Championship. The competition will be held in Columbia, Missouri, May 23 – 26."

"'The Bianchi Cup is one of the most prestigious shooting tournaments in the world, and we are proud to sponsor the 2012 Bianchi Cup Falling Plate Event,' said award winning author and consumer advocate Michael Fuljenz, President of Universal Coin & Bullion." ...
 

Despite Ohio shooting, school violent deaths down
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The high school shooting in Chardon, Ohio, that left three students dead culminated a month of bloody gun violence in America’s schools, but experts say it’s not necessarily indicative of a troubling trend."

"At least four shootings of students have occurred in February in schools across the country. That spate may be mere coincidence. Research indicates killings on school grounds remain rare, and overall violence in schools has been declining in recent years." ...
 

Another school shooting, another failure of ‘Gun-free schools’ act
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"With last week’s shooting incident at a Bremerton-area elementary school fresh on everyone’s mind, today’s deadly shooting at an Ohio high school comes as one more reminder that the legislative panacea to such incidents, adopted more than a decade ago, just might be a fraud." ...
 

Shootings at Chardon, Ohio high school prompt calls for answers, but first we need to ask the right question
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The nationwide media are reporting that five children have been shot at Chardon High School, and that three of the victims have died. ..."

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims, their family and friends, and all the students, teachers, and community in Chardon."

"In the wake of this latest school violence tragedy, many will inevitably ask 'How can we stop these events from happening?' ... The simple answer is that, ultimately, we can't. As such, we had better focus on what we can do. With that goal in mind, a more productive question is 'How do we stop these events quickly so that we can limit the damage when they do happen?'" ...
 

'Patrol rifles' vs. 'assault weapons' revisited: A shot in the back?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Those who make their living demonizing so-called 'assault weapons,' as 'weapons of war, with no place in our neighborhoods,' face a number of serious logic problems in making their case. High up on the list of those logic problems is the fact that they very often defend the possession and use ('in our neighborhoods') of these very same 'weapons of war' by the police. One way they try to deal with that difficulty is to give identical firearms a much more benign sounding name, when in the hands of the 'Only Ones.' ..."
 

Church seems odd place for gun class
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"Innovative churches have turned to new ways to invite people to attend in recent years. Simply opening the doors and expecting people to come no longer works in many cases. ... Service times and styles of worship are adjusted to accommodate the schedules and desires of modern-day worshippers[sic]."

"Central Baptist Church on N.C. Highway 47 has taken a particularly unique approach in trying to reach out to the community. The church will offer a concealed carry permit class next month. The idea came from a similar class held at Trading Ford Baptist Church ..."

"That connection — weapons and faith — seems more suited for radical adherents of faiths located in other parts of the world than in the United States ..." ...
 

Gear Review: OpticsPlanet OPMOD BattleMug Torture Test (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"We’ve had a love affair with the OpticsPlanet OPMOD BattleMug for awhile. Farago blogged about it back in May of 2010, I wrote about it again a month ago, and it even popped up across the pond a few days ago. Shortly after I wrote about the BattleMug, one of them showed up in my mailbox."

"Serial Number 24 of the series at a cost of $250 yanked straight from the desk of the CEO of OP. It turns out Dan knew my birthday was coming up and got me an early present. The only catch was that I had to destroy the cup and post my results for the world to see on YouTube. ..." ...
 

Self-Defense Tip: A Lot of Stuff Actually (video available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"This video is very sad, but there are lessons to be learned for the armchair self-defender. Lessons that may save someone’s life."

"Here is what I see:"

"1. Zombie mind criminals do not care about a victim’s life. Obey immediately or die. It makes no difference to them." ...
 

Smith & Wesson to Lock 'n' Load Fall Fashions
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Somewhere between 15 million and 20 million American women have something unexpected in common: They all own guns. But a quick visit to the local sporting goods store reveals something else these women have in common: nothing stylish to wear while packing heat."

"This fall, Smith & Wesson aims to remedy that problem when it rolls out its first apparel line—one that includes a dedicated ladies collection. 'Whenever a woman puts function and fashion on equal footing, she’ll be delighted wearing Smith & Wesson,' said S&W marketing chief Harry Falber." ...
 

Convenient Causation: Mayor Mike on NYC Suicides
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"On his weekly radio appearance Friday, Mayor Bloomberg attempted to divert the conversation away from a series of tragic shootings in New York by linking his city’s low suicide rate to their strict gun control laws. 'The rate of suicide in New York City is almost half of what it is in the country on average,' he said. 'And most of that comes from the difficulty in getting a gun.' What Mayor Mike probably doesn’t know is . . ." ...
 

Dan Gross Takes Over as Brady Campaign President
Submitted by: Opposing Views
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"Tuesday, February 28, will be a banner day for the Brady Campaign and Brady Center as its new president, Dan Gross, begins his tenure and the organization celebrates the 18th anniversary of the Brady Law taking effect."

"Gross is one of the foremost leaders in the gun violence prevention movement, having co-founded and directed the Center to Prevent Youth Violence (formerly PAX). Gross brings to the Brady organizations a legacy of trailblazing, innovative work, and a passion for reducing gun deaths and injuries. Gross’ creative thinking and partnership-building have resulted in the nationwide adoption of life-saving programs by schools, parents, youths, the medical community, police departments and hundreds of community-based organizations." ...
 

Brady Campaign vs. Obama Administration on Gun Law
Submitted by: Opposing Views
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"An attorney for the Obama Administration on Tuesday, Feb. 28 will appear to defend the constitutionality of the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA), and argue that the Congress was permitted to dictate the dismissal of a case and to deprive the family of Alaskan Simone Kim of a civil action against gun store owner Ray Coxe."

"In Juneau Tuesday at 11:25 a.m. (3:25 p.m. EST), the Alaska Supreme Court will hear arguments in this first-in-the-nation case regarding a controversial federal gun industry shield law and the limits of Congressional power. ..." ...
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KABA Note: Well first in the nation not counting NYC v. Beretta (cert. denied). Or Lawson v. Beretta (cert. denied). Or Ryan v. Hughes-Ortiz (dismissed). Or Ileto v. Glock (cert. denied). Or . . . but you get the point.
 

Video: Bill Maher Explains American Gun Culture (video story)
Submitted by: Opposing Views
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"Appearing on Piers Morgan's CNN show, comedian Bill Maher and the British host discussed America's love obsession with guns (video below)."

"Morgan said: 'I find the gun laws in this country incomprehensible.'" ...
 

Bill Maher Slams America, Where 'Guns Are a Religion' (video and audio available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"In light of Monday's deadly school shooting in Ohio, both CNN host Piers Morgan and liberal comedian Bill Maher embarked on a lengthy liberal screed against the current gun laws in America. Maher went so far as to castigate gun owners for making their ownership a 'theology,' on Monday night's Piers Morgan Tonight."

"'And Rick Santorum likes to talk about theology. This is a theology in this country. Guns are a religion. They're next to godliness for a lot of people,' he ranted. Host Piers Morgan found America's gun laws "incomprehensible" and balked at the 'ideological dream' of the right to bear arms. ..." ...
 

WV: Sensible gun control laws can save lives
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"I find it sad and unfortunate that Delegate John Doyle's proposed legislation to limit gun sales to two per month is slammed as an unnecessary infringement of our rights (Journal Letter to the Editor by Charles Ashton.) The intent is to limit the escalating trafficking of guns across state lines." ...
 

UT: Safer without guns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"I was a policeman in the military, and I hunt, so I have some understanding of when you should discharge a firearm. I’m also aware how difficult it is, even with training, to accurately shoot a gun." ...
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Submitter's Note: Then it's a good thing that the majority of DGUs do not involve shooting.
 

Where is the militia? (third letter)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The second amendment to the U.S. Constitution says that gun ownership should not be restricted 'in order to form a militia.' Is every gun owner in the United States a member of a militia with regular practice drills? No."

"A few years ago, I went to a booth at the local fair that had a sign about second amendment rights. I asked how I could sign up to join the militia and where the meetings took place. The man at the booth had no idea what I was talking about." ...
 

UT: Park City Gun Club: Mayors Against Illegal Guns has lofty goals
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The principal owner of the Park City Gun Club, a shooting range and gun dealer close to Quinn's Junction, acknowledged in an interview that a nationwide group attempting to curb the illegal gun trade has lofty goals."

"Dan Labov said parts of the platform of the group, which is known as Mayors Against Illegal Guns, are worthy of community discussion. He said, though, gun rights groups worry that there could be further burdens placed on Americans who want to own guns if the Mayors Against Illegal Guns is successful in its agenda."

"'They're trying to restrict the illegal gun trade and keep guns from winding up in the hands of criminals. Those are important goals,' Labov said in an interview." ...
 

Trying to save lives and souls, one unthinking collectivist at a time.
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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... "Subject: Regarding your apparently serious proposal for another civil war. We accept, as long as you understand where this is going."
"'Tyrants have no problem dealing with people who are willing to die for their principles. They will happily kill them to achieve their goals. Where they fail is with the people who are not only willing to die for their principles but are willing to kill tyrants in righteous self defense of those principles, and their property, liberty and lives.' -- Mike Vanderboegh"
"My dear Ms. Karvunidis,
Having read your column, 'Ohio school shooting: Time to ban handguns, guys,' I have two questions:"

"First, how do you propose to do that without initiating a bloody second American civil war?" ...
 

Ohio school shooting: Time to ban handguns, guys
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"You know what a gun is, right? A tiny killing machine that just about any person can use against another, whose only purpose is to cause death or the fear thereof? Which is exactly what happened in a school in Ohio this morning and many other high schools beginning with the spree at Columbine in 1999. The problem of school shootings isn't going away."

"So far, strategies to combat these deadly lash outs have been anti-bullying campaigns. That's great, in theory. ... but the anti-bullying message places the victims right back in the position of victim. 'Oh, if only we're nice to everyone the outcasts will stop shooting us!' ... students shouldn't have to walk on eggshells hoping to assuage would-be gunmen. We need to get rid of the f*cking guns." ...
 

The perfect onesie for the baby in a pro-gun household.
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Here’s something for that next baby shower – a perfect outfit for the little nipper in your life ..."
 

 

NYPD Cop’s Spare Magazine Stops Bullet
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good. And sometimes things happen so fast, nothing you do (or don’t) makes a difference anyway. Fortunately for NYPD Officer Thomas Richards, he was carrying a spare mag in just the right place and it may have saved his life. Richards and his partner were cruising at 1:15 a.m. when Luis Martinez spotted their police van and did an immediate 180 . . ." ...
 

The People of Top Shot: Season 4, Episode Three: Buh-Bye Michelle
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"I loved the Batman TV show as a kid. Years later, I heard talk that the Adam West vehicle was 'camp.' When the series finally made it onto [the now defunct] TV-Land channel I had to check it out. Oh. My. God. 'Batman, join me,' a leather-clad Catwoman purred into the PA as spiked walls threatened to skewer the Caped Crusader. 'Together we can rule Gotham City.' 'But what about Robin?' ROBIN? What about Robin? What are you . . . oh yeah. Got it. Now I’m not saying that Top Shot is gay . . ." ...
 

AR: Video: AR 12 Year Boy Grabs Gun, Shoots, Stops Burglars At His Neighbors Home
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A 12 year old AR boy grabbed a gun when a man and woman broke into his neighbor’s home and tried to steal several items. The male burglar was captured while the female remains at large. The homeowner praised his son, saying he didn’t think most adults would handle the situation so well." ...
 

FL: Father Fires At 2 Home Invaders As His Family Hides in Bathroom
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A FL family had quite a scare when two masked men burst into their house. The men demanded money, but the husband managed to secure his family in the master bedroom before arming himself with a small pistol and firing three shots at the suspects. They ran off and it’s unknown if they were hit. The suspects only stole a digital camera, unfortunately the camera had family photos from a welcome home BBQ for the couple’s son, a United States Marine who is going back to Afghanistan Sunday. ... [T]he sheriff’s office confirmed that even in this middle class neighborhood there have been over 80 break ins and thefts just this year." ...
 

CO: Video: CO Check Cashing Clerk Shot 1 of 2 Robbers After They Maced Him
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A CO check cashing clerk was attacked by 2 men who tried to rob his store. They sprayed him with pepper spray and then demanded money. The clerk was armed with a handgun and was able to fire at the suspects, hitting one in the leg. The suspect who was shot was captured and the other escaped. The suspects are believed to be serial robbers responsible for other robberies in the area." ...
 

OH: Elderly Cleveland concealed carry licensee survives home invasion by shooting his armed attacker (follow-up)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The Cleveland Plain Dealer is reporting that a 78 year-old man was forced to shoot a 17 year-old male who to broke into the house he was sleeping in." ...
 

Melbourne [AU]: 33 Armed Robberies in 6 Mos.
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"'Police are offering a $50,000 reward to catch a network of gangs who have terrorised gaming venues in Melbourne’s northern suburbs in a six-month spree,' theage.com.au report. ..."
 

"Shameful Decision": Virginia Repeals 1-Gun-Per-Month Law
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"When Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell decided today to sign legislation that repeals Virginia’s 19-year-old restriction on selling more than one handgun a month, he ignored the pleas of the Virginia Tech families affected by the worst shooting massacre in the history of the Commonwealth and the United States." ...
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KABA Note: This is exploitation of the worst kind, since the VA Tech shooter obeyed the one gun a month law!
 

MSNBC's Wagner Jumps on School Shooting Tragedy to Bemoan Lack of Action on Gun Control (video and audio available)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Sure, there is really 'no way, theoretically or otherwise' that yesterday's school shooting in Chardon, Ohio, could have been prevented, self-confessed Second Amendment opponent MSNBC's Alex Wagner noted in a closing commentary on her eponymous program this afternoon. She then immediately delv[es] into a gripe that America's fruited plain is riddled with incredibly lax gun laws thanks to that most evil of evil bogeymen, the 'gun lobby' ..." ...
 

Lot of Blood on Lots of Hands
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Guns don't kill people."

"Bullets kill people."

"And bullets come from guns fired by people to kill other people."

"And we saw this again Monday at a high school in Ohio ..."

"The 'right' to do this is supported by the [NRA] and by gun dealers, who make a lot of money selling these hand-held murder machines to just about anyone who wants one."

"The executive vice president and spokesman for the NRA is Wayne LaPierre. Like most gun profiteers and their cheerleaders, LaPierre and his organization justify their deadly politics by citing the ambiguously-worded Second Amendment ... 'right to bear arms' to form a militia in the 18th Century when the typical firearm was a musket." ...
 

WA: Anti-Gun Washington State Lawmakers Exploit School Shooting
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Anti-gun state Senator Adam Kline (D-37) and two other state Senators have introduced Senate Bill 6628, an unnecessary firearm storage bill, in an attempt to exploit the recent tragic shooting at a Bremerton elementary school."

"SB 6628 would single out firearms in the Washington statutes and make it a crime if a child obtains access to a loaded firearm that was stored in a location where the person reasonably knows that a child is likely to gain access. This is already covered in Washington’s Reckless Endangerment statute!" ...
 

We need more laws to protect children (first letter)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The recent accidental shooting of 9-year-old Amina Kocer-Bowman reminded me of how hard the organization, Mothers Against Violence, worked during the 1990s toward passage of a Child Access Prevention law in Washington state ..."

"Under the proposed law, if a gun owner’s firearm was kept easily accessible to children, and as a result a person was injured or killed, that owner could be held criminally responsible. ..." ...
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Submitter's Note: And this law would have done exactly what to prevent the boy from getting the (illegally owned) gun from his meth-head mom's place?
 

OH: Gun insanity
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.freelibertywriters.com/

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"The shootings Monday at a suburban Cleveland high school that have now claimed three students’ lives will evoke widespread grief and horror, as they should. They will produce a search for motives and explanations, and there are already hypotheses regarding the teen-age shooter involving bullying, isolation and undetected personal problems. There will be discussion of the role of parenting and social media in such tragedies."

"What one can be absolutely certain of in today’s America, however, is that no serious political or public pressure will be brought to bear on the national madness that makes such slaughters not only possible but inevitable: an addiction to guns that is so sweeping that it all but prevents limiting access to firearms ..." ...
 

VA: Nix the liberty, give me death!
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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... "The Second Amendment, always paranoid at its core, has been twisted and perverted into a generalized “fundamental right” to guns, and advocates have used this to place their hedonistic desires for metal toys above the safety of our children and the health of our democracy."

"In some ways it’s almost amusing to imagine all the handguns you could buy and the silly things you could do with them."

"But take a second and remember the two high-school students who died this week — ask them how funny they find guns."
 

OH: How to respond when a gunman roams the halls
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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... "School districts review lockdown procedures but often fail to cover strategies for when a shooter enters a room and starts killing kids and teachers. A lockdown is a sound safety tool which is very appropriate given particular shooter situations. However, school districts and administrators need to provide a survival plan of what to do when students and teachers encounter a shooter face-to-face." ...
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Submitter's Note: Here's a survival plan: Pull out your own gun and shoot the S.O.B. trying to massacre your students! It works in Israel.
 

Issa, Grassley push Holder for answers in Zapata slaying
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Congressman Darrell Issa and Senator Charles Grassley today sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder demanding answers regarding the slaying of Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agent Jaime Zapata more than a year ago." ...
 

Is Ron Paul Packing?
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"The other three remaining GOP candidates are either under the Secret Service’s watchful eye or have requested their services. According to cbsnews.com, the Santorum campaign says the former Pennsy Senator will have guys with mirrored shades and microphones in their sleeves following him around starting tomorrow. ... As for the other three . . ."

"And then there’s the, well, independent Ron Paul who’s neither requested nor been offered protection. “He has said before that he would not ask for Secret Service protection before he was president because it would be a waste of taxpayer money.” Long a gun rights advocate, would it really surprise anyone to find out that Paul packs heat? Not us. ..."
 

Rick Santorum President? I’m Going to Canada.
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"How and why people are continually voting ‘yes' for Santorum is beyond me, but maybe it's just my uterus talking. I don't hunt, so I don't care much for his stance on the Second Amendment. I believe that whoever wants to get married should have the right to, so I disagree with his stance on that matter as well." ...
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Trigger The Vote (with R. Lee Ermey A.K.A. "Gunny") (video story)
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Why Won't Mitt Romney Answer Gun Questionnaire?
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"Dear Governor Romney,
At the recent Conservative political Action Conference, you said in a speech that you were 'severely conservative' as Governor of Massachusetts."

"Are you still severely conservative? Because if you are, why don’t you answer the Gun Owners of America questionnaire on Second Amendment issues of concern to 'conservative,' 'moderate,' and even some 'liberal' Americans."

"We sent you a questionnaire not once, not twice but three times now. What did you send back? A form letter stating you are pro-Second Amendment -- with absolutely nothing to back up this laughable claim." ...
 

PA: FOP Takes Aim At A.G.-Race For Of Former Rep. Murphy
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"JOHN McNESBY, head of Lodge 5 of the Fraternal Order of Police, made a prediction yesterday as his union endorsed former U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy for state attorney general:"

"The eight weeks from now until the April 24 Democratic primary election will be filled with innuendo and mud-slinging."

"And then the mud and innuendos came out."

"'Pat's record of telling the truth is what we go by,' McNesby said when asked about Murphy's primary rival, former Lackawanna County Assistant District Attorney Kathleen Kane, who yesterday needled him for his past support of legislation opposed by gun-control groups. 'Candidate Kane, she doesn't even know where Broad Street is in the city of Philadelphia.'" ...
 

TX: U.S. Senate candidate Ted Cruz stresses track record, support of conservatives
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"Ted Cruz, candidate for U.S. Senate, was in Lubbock on Tuesday at several events, campaigning for the seat being vacated by incumbent Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison’s retirement." ...

"... During the time I was in office, over and over again Texas led the nation defending conservative principles. We defended the Ten Commandments, went to the U.S. Supreme Court, won 5-4. We defended the Pledge of Allegiance, went to the Supreme Court, won unanimously. We defended the Second Amendment, the right to keep and bear arms, went to the U.S. Supreme Court, won 5-4. ..." ...
 

IL: National Rifle Association Endorses Kent Gaffney for State Representative
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"The National Rifle Association has endorsed Kent Gaffney in the Republican Primary for State Representative in the 52nd House District."

"The National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF) endorsed Gaffney and gave him an 'A' rating for his support of Second Amendment gun rights." ...
 

NC: Today is candidates' deadline to file
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... "Steven Wiles announced that he is starting a campaign to run as an unaffiliated candidate for one of the three District B seats that are open this year on the [county] board. Candidates who run under a party label are winnowed through the primary, but no such procedure exists for unaffiliated candidates. ..."

"Wiles will have to gather about 6,300 signatures to get on the ballot, a number that represents 4 percent of the registered voters in District B. He has until June 29 to get the signatures."

"Wiles said he believes county government is being mismanaged and that First and Second Amendment rights are being neglected by the current board. ..." ...
 

MN: Bill expanding self-defense rights passes in Senate
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"A bill that would expand Minnesotans’ self-defense rights was approved 40-23 Thursday night by the state Senate."

"The Personal Protection Act – known by many opponents as the 'shoot first' bill – extends the right to use deadly force for personal protection outside the home to any place where an individual lawfully can be, sponsor Senator Gretchen Hoffman, R-Vergas, said." ...
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SD: No concealed weapon permit needed under SD legislation
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"State senators gave final legislative approval today to a major change in South Dakota’s concealed weapon laws: Adults wouldn’t need to apply for a permit anymore."

"The measure instead would require only that a person be at least age 18, have a South Dakota driver license and otherwise be eligible under existing state law." ...
 

IA: With the funnel passed, the gas tax debate begins
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"Last week was funnel week for the Iowa Legislature. All bills that not[sic] emerge from a committee are considered dead for the session. It was hectic and hurried but these internal deadlines are needed in order to have any orderly progression of bills." ...

"Some bills that survived funnel week include: DNA database for Iowans convicted of an aggravated misdemeanor or more severe crimes, harsher penalties for identification theft, mental health reform, notification of a senior sex offenders residing in a residential care facility, and the inclusion of our Second Amendment rights in the Iowa constitution." ...
 

VA: Despite repeal of one gun a month law, Va. gun owners have ‘miles to go . . .'
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"Today Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell (R) signed bills repealing Virginia's 'one gun a month' law. This leaves only 3 states - California, New Jersey, and Maryland – still rationing gun purchases."

"Though this change in Virginia law attracted a lot of main stream media attention, it appears that Virginia’s gun laws remain more restrictive than most states. ..." ...
 

VA: Repeal of gun limit signed by governor
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"Gov. Bob McDonnell signed legislation Tuesday repealing Virginia's one-per-month limit on handgun purchases, scrapping a law that he voted for nearly two decades ago as a member of the General Assembly."

"McDonnell's decision to sign HB 940 was not a surprise. He said before the legislative session began that he supported repeal of the one-handgun-per-month law, a top priority of pro-gun organizations that have long derided it as unnecessary "gun rationing." The repeal will take effect July 1." ...
 

VA: Adios One Handgun A Month
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"The One Handgun A Month repeal does NOT GO INTO EFFECT UNTIL JULY 1, 2012!!!"

"So, until July 1, if you don’t have a CHP or fall under one of the current exceptions, do not buy more than one handgun per month."

"Congratulations, Virginia!"

"Our thanks to Governor McDonnell for signing the bill. Also our thanks to Delegate Lingamfelter and Senator Carrico for introducing the bills and shepherding them to fruition, and to the following legislators for their pro-gun vote:" ...
 

GA: A sign that guns-on-campus push may fall short
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"Just finished a conversation with state Senate Rules Chairman Don Balfour ... who asked his chamber today to delay action on SB 350, his bill to require law enforcement to return weapons used in crimes to their owners ..."

"... Not a big deal."

"The bill is more significant for what it doesn’t contain. Four years ago, Balfour was a key figure in the business-backed fight against a bill ... that would have allowed legal gun-owners to keep firearms in locked cars ..."

"It was a very large fight, very nasty, pitting property rights against gun rights. Balfour was the fellow who applied the coup de grace to the legislation.

But in the four years’ since, the Senate rules chairman has had a change of heart ..." ...
 

Bad Month for Dogs: Cops Shoot 3 of Them
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"February saw police officers in New Mexico, Florida, and Virginia unnecessarily shoot family pets, including a playful Australian Shepherd that bit an officer's shoe, a guard dog that was shot dead while the owner was away, and a brown and white mutt that was shot for being off-leash in a public park." ...
 

East St. Louis police chief: Gun registration, punitive fees are 'great idea'
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"Early this month, we discussed Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's proposal to inflict a draconian new 'gun control' law--not just in Chicago, but upon the entire state. Since then, Emanuel's handgun registration scheme has been introduced as HB 5831. This bill would, among other atrocities, mandate registration of every handgun, with a $65 fee (for each handgun), to be renewed every five years (renewal fee: $25). Possession of an unregistered handgun would be a felony, imposing prison time, and lifetime status as a 'prohibited person' upon release from prison."

"CBS St. Louis tells us what the chief of the East St. Louis, Illinois police thinks of the plan:" ... ...
 

OH: Chardon, OH School Shooting: SWAT Arrives 1 Hour 15 Minutes Later (video available)
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"'The shooting was reported around 7:30 a.m. at the 1,100-student Chardon High School [above] about 30 miles east of Cleveland,' washingtonpost.com reports. According to the live blogger at blog.cleveland.com, 'Parent Jeannette Roth, who had heard from her son Joshua, a junior, said he told her the shooting happened while students were eating breakfast in the cafeteria and waiting for first period. Suddenly a boy 'stood up and started shooting, and then it was chaos.' A local official confirmed . . . three boys and a girl were injured. Four ambulances ... are waiting at the door of the high school at 8:15 a.m. . . ." ...
"Around 8:45, the Lake County SWAT team has arrived with a couple of big vehicles." ...
 

MN: Chief Dave Kolb: Not Letting Facts Get In His Way
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The Minnesota legislature is working on a bill (which has now passed) which will, among other things, eliminate the 'duty to retreat' before using deadly force in self-defense. Naturally this has the usual suspects all riled up, calling it a 'Shoot First' bill and so forth. What is disheartening, though, is when Police Chiefs make the same 'blood in the streets,' 'people getting away with murder' claims. Specifically Dave Kolb, Chief of Police in Champlin and, according to the newspaper, co-chair of the Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association Legislative Committee in his letter to the editor which appeared in Wednesday’s Star and Sickle Tribune . . ." ...
 

GA: Judge David Barrett Brandishes Gun During Rape Trial
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"One North Georgia Judge's dramatic courtroom gesture has state authorities looking into disciplinary action."

"The judge in question is David Barrett. The Georgia jurist gave the impression that he was about to mete out some southern justice when he pulled out a concealed weapon during a witness' testimony."

"The witness, whose name has been withheld, was called to testify in a bond hearing for a Sheriff's deputy accused of assault and rape. Instead of listening to the testimony of a woman seeking a restraining order against her alleged rapist, the stunned courtroom watched as Judge Barrett used a loaded weapon as a prop to berate the victim/witness for behaving in an uncooperative manner on the stand." ...
 

CA: Ex-Santa Clara cop should get three years in prison for aiding Hells Angels, prosecutors say
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"An ex-Santa Clara police officer convicted last year on charges related to illegally passing information to a Hells Angels member should spend more than three years in prison because he 'undermined the public's confidence in law enforcement,' federal prosecutors say."

"But lawyers for Clay Rojas argue that he should be shown leniency when sentenced Wednesday, asking a federal judge to spare him from prison and give him probation for a 'complete lapse in judgment.'" ...

"A jury last July convicted Rojas, 38, of 12 felony charges stemming from allegations he gave privileged law enforcement information to a member of the Hells Angels to pay off a debt. ..." ...
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KABA Note: A paltry 3+ years for TWELVE felonies?!?!
 

NY: Tupper Lake Rod and Gun Club wants 100-year lease
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"Officers of the Tupper Lake Rod and Gun Club are asking the town board to consider extending the club's lease from 10 years to 100."

"Dave McMahon and Jim Brown told the town board the club wants to improve its facilities on Lake Simond Road, especially in light of anticipated development of the Adirondack Club and Resort, part of which will abut the property."

"'We want to make this one of the best facilities anywhere in our area,' McMahon said." ...
 

IL: Thoughts on guns and middle ground
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"Dan Haley's Feb. 15 column [Finding the middle on guns, News] stimulated my thinking about Oak Park and the middle ground for gun control."

"1) Why are restrictions on legally-owned guns expected to solve the problem of unrestricted illegal guns? Until this issue is resolved, no middle ground can be reached." ...

"4) I was not aware the 1984 ban was mainly symbolic. If this is true, then why did Oak Park waste $ in an appeal to maintain a law that was clearly unconstitutional as written?" ...
 

NJ: Scott Bach To Address The New Jersey Second Amendment Society
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"The New Jersey Second Amendment Society announced that Scott Bach (www.bachbio.com), NRA Board Member and Executive Director of the Association of New Jersey Rifle and Pistol Clubs (ANJRPC) will be speaking to the membership and guests of the NJ2AS on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the Gun for Hire training facility located at 75 Rutgers Street in Belleville, New Jersey."

"'We are very excited to have Scott come speak to us,' says Frank Jack Fiamingo, President of NJ2AS, 'he is a great friend and advocate of the Second Amendment and of all law-abiding New Jersey firearm owners.'" ...
 

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